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9 August 2003 – 21 September 2003

"There always remains a sense of balance. One has the sense of joy on the one hand and of tragedy on the other. And man stands in between."

— Alan Reynolds quoted in the 1960s

The quest for equilibrium has been at the centre of Alan Reynolds’ art since he emerged from the Royal College of Art fifty years ago already fêted, as Bryan Robertson wrote, as ‘the golden boy of post neo-romanticism in England.’

Reynolds’ engagement with landscape, from his native Suffolk to the hop gardens and orchards of his adoptive Kent, was inspired in part by Constable and Samuel Palmer but also by Paul Klee and increasingly by Mondrian until depiction was firmly set aside in favour of the abstract.

This exhibition traces the progress of Alan Reynolds’ work from the early landscapes to the tonal modular drawings and constructed white reliefs of the last quarter century. Here, not only the times of day and season, but curves and colour give way to the interplay of horizontal and vertical – form, space, daylight and shadow – the rational and the intuitive.